Independent Nation by John Avlon
How the Vital Center Is Changing American Politics

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Fifty percent of American voters define themselves as political moderates, two-thirds favor political solutions that come from the center of the political spectrum, and Independents outnumber both Democrats and Republicans. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each explicitly used Centrist strategies to win the White House—and twenty-first-century candidates will be compelled to do the same.

Independent Nation documents the rich history of the defining political movement of our time. Organized as a series of short and colorful political biographies, it offers an insightful and engaging analysis of the successes and failures of key Centrist leaders throughout the twentieth century. In the process, it demonstrates that Centrism is not only a winning political strategy but an enlightened governing philosophy that best reflects the will of the people by putting patriotism ahead of partisanship and the national interest ahead of special interests.

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ROBERT J. SEIDMAN'S first novel, One Smart Indian, was published to acclaim in 1979. He is co-author of Ulysses Annotated. Seidman's film credits include Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn, a documentary that won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Documentary Script, a George Foster Peabody Award, and an Emmy. He lives in New York City. JOHN AVLON is a senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts. He lives in New York City. JESSE ANGELO is Editorin- Chief of The Daily, the first national news brand built for the iPad, as well as Executive Editor of the New York Post and lives in New York City.ERROL LOUIS is the host of “Inside City Hall” on NY1 and a CNN contributor. He lives in New York City.
Published February 24, 2004 by Crown. 512 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Avlon’s portrait of Jimmy Carter is right on the money, though, and the best part here: Carter, he writes, may have inclined to moderation, but “the ultimate absence of unifying leadership within the Carter administration descended directly from the absence of a unifying idea bigger than Jimmy Ca...

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